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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Favorite Fitness DVD's

These are some of my favorite workouts.  With 3 little boys, I don't have time to join a gym.  While I would love an uninterrupted hour to myself to exercise, for me it is just quicker and easier to sneak in a quick workout while they are busy playing, and not worry about loading everyone up and driving to the gym. 

1.  Workout, One-on-One Training with Jackie, by Jackie Warner.  This is divided into 3 different sections- upper body, lower body, and core.  Once in a while I do the entire DVD, but usually I do one or two of the 20 minute workouts.  It's really great for targeted toning, with a little bit of cardio thrown in.  The core section is just the right amount of killer. 

2.  Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer.  I just recently purchased this, and I'm glad I did.  While a 10 minute workout is not ideal for me, it completely takes away the excuse "I don't have time to workout today."  No matter how busy I am I can throw it I and it's done before I know it.  They get your heart pumping, and I actually feel some muscle burn-all in 10 minutes!  There are 5 workouts-Total Body, Lower Body, Abs, Cardio, and Yoga Flex.  The DVD comes with a resistance band and cardio belt. 

3.  Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30.  This one is great, and in typical Jillian fashion really gets your heart pumping.  There are four 24-minute workouts, each one gets a little harder.  Every workout includes 3 minutes of strength, followed by 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.  That circuit is repeated throughout the 24 minutes.  I'm not a huge cardio lover, except for running I mainly stick to lifting weights, so this one is great for me.  It really gets my heart rate up, but I feel like I'm mostly doing weights or at least a body weight workout. 

4.  P90X Extreme Home Fitness box set.  This will always be my favorite.  Twelve intense workouts that really whip you into shape.  I am storing it on a shelf right now, looking forward to the day that I have time for the hour-90 minutes that it requires each day.  Once in awhile when I really want to burn out a muscle group I'll throw one in, just for old times sake:)  And I love the sore muscles the next day, I can't help it.   
5.  The Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout.  This is a gentle toning DVD (but it burns!)  that targets your smaller helper muscles.  As Tracy says, it helps to "re-engineer your muscular structure, wake up your accessory muscles, pull in your larger muscles, and shift your shape into something you never knew you could achieve."  While I don't love the standing abdominal work, (too easy) I really like the leg and arm sections.  Somehow she creates the burn with little to no weight.  I like to do this DVD on off days, or days that my larger muscle groups are too sore and tired to do much.  


  1. FYI - P90X now has P90X3, same at home program, but all workouts are 30 minutes instead of the hour to 90 minute workouts. I have it home, haven't started it yet, finishing up P90X first. Let me know if you'd like more information!

  2. Thanks Michelle, I have heard about it, that will probably be my next purchase! Love his workouts!